The book “2023’s Finest: A Collection of 19 Striking Birth Photos”

The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers has once again announced the winners of its yearly competition, and its 2021 honorees are the definition of breathtaking:This moving photo that the judges named the competition’s First Place winner.

Ashley Marston/Ashley Marston Birth Photography / Via“Daddy’s Girls” is by Canada’s Ashley Marston of Ashley Marston Birth Photography.The association’s members also selected this photo as Best in Postpartum.

This incredible shot of a baby emerging from their mother won Best In Category: Birth Details.

Charlene Foertser/Charlene Foerster Fotografie / Via“The Origin Of Life” is by Germany’s Charlene Foertser of Charlene Foerster Fotografie.The association’s members also selected this photo as Best in Birth Details.

This emotional capture of a mother embracing her newly born baby won Best In Category: Delivery.

Anne Lucy Silva Barbosa/Anne Lucy Fotografia / Via“The Greatest Love In The World” is by Brazil’s Anne Lucy Silva Barbosa of Anne Lucy Fotografia.

The association’s members also selected this photo as Best Overall.

This image of a mother breastfeeding her new baby won Best In Category: Fresh 48.

Jami Edgar/Touch of Hart Photography / Via“Nourish” is by the United States’ Jami Edgar of Touch of Hart Photography.

This shot of a woman minutes away from delivering won Best In Category: Labor.

Dana Jacobs/ / Via“Reach Down. He’s Almost Here.” is by the United States’ Dana Jacobs of Dana Jacobs Photography.

And this photo of a mother, her baby, and her placenta in a bowl won Best In Category: Postpartum.

Hanna Hill/Hannah Hill Photography / Via“My Body, My Birth” is by the United States’ Hanna Hill of Hanna Hill Photography.

In addition to the judges’ selections, the association’s members recognized these standouts:

This intimate moment of a laboring woman being supported by her partner won Members’ Choice Best In Category: Labor.

Laura Brink/Rewild Her / Via“Primal Shapes of Birth” is by Australia’s Laura Brink of Rewild Her.

This moment of calm was selected as The Members’ Best In Category: Delivery.

danny merz/geburtsreportage / Via“Grace” is by Germany’s Danny Merz of Geburtsreportage.

And this photo of a mother breastfeeding her new baby was named The Members’ Choice Best In Category: Fresh 48.

Carey Lippert/Carey Lauren Photos & Film. / Via“Nursing A Newborn” is by the United States’ Carey Lippert of Carey Lauren Photos & Film.

Also incredible? The contest’s honorable mentions, like this photo of a baby born en caul (still in the amniotic sac).

Nora Dalmasso/Nora Dalmasso Fotografia / Via“The Miracle of Life In Your Hands” is by Argentina’s Nora Dalmasso of Nora Dalmasso Fotografia.

This photo of a mother breastfeeding her new twin babies.

Brittany Knapik/The Birth Story Collective / Via“You And You And Me” is by the United States’ Brittany Knapik of The Birth Story Collective.

And this photo of a baby entering the world.

Cat Fancote/Capturing Birth / Via“A Mother’s Guidance” is by Australia’s Cat Fancote of Capturing Birth.

This amazing capture of a woman with lots of support giving birth.

Lisa Phillips/Lisa Phillips Photography / Via“The Strength Within You Is Greater Than Any Storm” is by the United States’ Lisa Phillips of Lisa Phillips Photography.

This touching photo of three generations celebrating the new arrival.

Kate Kennedy/Kate Kennedy Birth Photography / Via“Birthing Queen” is by Australia’s Kate Kennedy of Kate Kennedy Birth Photography.

This shot of a mother expressing colostrum (the differently-colored milk a mother produces after first giving birth) for her newborn.

Jessica Henderson/Jessica Henderson Photography / Via“A Dose of Mother Nature” is by Australia’s Jessica Henderson of Jessica Henderson Photography.

This impressive overhead photo of a woman laboring with support from her partner.

Dana Jacobs/Dana Jacobs Photography / Via“Of All Our Travels, This Journey Will Be Our Greatest” is by the United States’ Dana Jacobs of Dana Jacobs Photography.

And this awe-inspiring photo of a mother mid-water birth.

Dania Watson/Lauren and Douglas / Via“Underwater” is by Australia’s Dania Watson of Lauren and Douglas.

This beautiful photo of a mother and her mini getting acquainted with each other.

Lisa Phillips/Lisa Phillips Photography / Via“Examining Every Detail” is by the United States’ Lisa Phillips of Lisa Phillips Photography.

And lastly, this amazing photo of a mother holding her baby just seconds after welcoming them into the world.

Paulina Splechta/Paulina Splechta Photography / Via“The Journey Traveled For You” is by the United States’ Paulina Splechta of Paulina Splechta Photography.

Want to see more amazing birth photos? Check out all of the competition’s entries.


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